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Sources: Third item found at Borders on Saturday

9:08 PM, Jun 26, 2011   |    comments
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Sources close to the investigation told 9NEWS Sunday morning that a third device was found outside the mall near the book store. Sunday afternoon, the FBI told 9NEWS it is not considering that material a "device", rather an item related to the case.

During the initial investigation in the early morning hours on Saturday, investigators say they found the item outside of the mall near the entrance to Borders. Authorities say it is connected to the investigation into the two devices found inside the book store.

9NEWS has learned the suspect shattered a glass door to the Borders, left one device on a tall table in the café area of the store and another device at a computer desk. Ceiling tiles were missing above the desk where one of the devices was found, and a computer monitor that was mounted to the wall was damaged by the device.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "The two small, crude devices partially functioned and caused no damage to the Colorado Mills Mall and minimal damage to a small area inside the Borders Bookstore." 9Wants to Know says two FBI sources also confirm that two of the devices went off. A representative from Borders confirmed the same reports about the devices.

"This wasn't a large event, It was something very small, contained, and controlled," said FBI spokesperson Dave Joly.

Joly says the FBI was first notified of the suspicious devices at 12:40 a.m. on Saturday. The FBI says police responded to a store alarm going off and found someone had broken into the Borders store. Officers found two suspicious devices at the scene and called the Jefferson County Bomb Squad.

Although the Borders store was closed during the day Saturday, the rest of the mall remained open. Joly said that is mainly because the FBI, the ATF, and Lakewood Police had sufficient time to secure the mall before it opened to employees and shoppers later in the morning on Saturday.

The Borders store was open for business on Sunday. When 9NEWS was inside the store shortly after it opened, there were customers were inside checking out books, buying coffee and carrying on as normal.

There were no injuries reported and no threats were made to the Borders store or the mall prior to the incident, according to the FBI.

Borders released the following statement Saturday afternoon:

"We take the safety of our employees and customers very seriously. To that end, we are cooperating with authorities to the fullest extent as they investigate this incident."

No suspects are in custody.

9Wants to Know has learned investigators are looking to see if there was surveillance video of a suspect or suspects who left two devices.  The Lakewood Police, Joint Terrorism Task Force, members of the FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working the investigation.

Former Rocky Mountain FBI Director Bob Pence said he believes the person who planted the devices probably did not intend to hurt anyone, mainly because the devices were planted in the middle of the night when the mall was closed.

"Breaking into a place or doing something in the dead of night when nobody was around indicates to me that there was more of a desire to harm or send a message to business than to actually hurt anyone," Pence said.

He says that stands out as a big difference when comparing this incident to an episode at Southwest Plaza Mall in late April, when a makeshift pipe bomb was discovered near a busy food court around lunch hour.

Pence also said the makeshift nature of the devices probably means the person who put them together was an amateur.

"Thank goodness these people that are trying to do these things are not experienced at it, and even though they try to follow directions on the internet, they're not experienced enough to make it happen and that is good," Pence said.

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